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Piano performances terrify me, but I can stomach playing in the background

I'm into piano, but it's also my frenemy. When I get frustrated with something I'm trying to learn, we stop talking for months. But then I hear a pop song and my brain leaps to how I would play it. → Read More

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What to watch, read and listen to this weekend

Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: two great newsletters, FX's The Bear, and more. → Read More

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'Elvis' is a hunk-a hunk-a burnin' excess

The legacy of Elvis Presley is often reduced to gaudy iconography and tales of excess: the white jumpsuit, Las Vegas, drugs. So what happens when director Baz Luhrmann takes on the man, the myth, the legend? You get the dizzying biopic Elvis. Austin Butler stars as "the King of Rock and Roll," and Tom Hanks plays Elvis' shady longtime manager Colonel Tom Parker. → Read More

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Progressives take a leaf out of the conservative playbook to target school boards

There has been a groundswell of conservative enthusiasm around school politics in the last few years. Progressives are hoping to have their own source of organization to counter that enthusiasm. → Read More

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Here's why Democrats are making the abortion debate about more than abortion

President Biden and Vice President Harris have both focused on the risks to other rights like marriage and contraception since the draft Supreme Court opinion leaked. → Read More

Republicans confront (or sidestep) abuse accusations against midterm candidates

Candidates such as Herschel Walker, Eric Greitens and Max Miller have been accused of abusing partners and, in some cases, children. But some party leaders aren't convinced voters will reject them. → Read More

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'The Dropout' finds the voice of Elizabeth Holmes

Hulu's The Dropout moves the needle on the Theranos story. The series stars Amanda Seyfried as Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, and shows how the tech wunderkind and her company went from darlings to defendants. The cast also includes Naveen Andrews, William H. Macy, Sam Waterston, Stephen Fry, Alan Ruck and Laurie Metcalf. → Read More

Braving rain and cold, Trump's supporters soak up hints of another run

In his speech, the former president also blasted two South Carolina House members who have been critical of him. → Read More

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Republicans are condemning Putin for the invasion of Ukraine — and criticizing Biden

However, the GOP has not reached full consensus on the Kremlin's actions, with former President Donald Trump remaining an outlier in the party he ostensibly leads. → Read More

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The ins and out of Peloton culture

What do Dancing With The Stars, the Sex and the City spinoff, and one of the most viral ads of 2019 have in common? They represent some of the many pop culture touchpoints of the ubiquitous fitness brand Peloton. We talk about the Peloton universe, including it's star-making stable of instructors complicated relationship with the wellness industry. → Read More

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The story of marriage equality is more complicated — and costly — than you remember

Sasha Issenberg, author of The Engagement, a history of marriage equality, says he doesn't see the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges being overturned anytime soon. → Read More

The story of marriage equality is more complicated — and costly — than you remember

Sasha Issenberg, author of The Engagement, a history of marriage equality, says he doesn't see the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges being overturned anytime soon. → Read More

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'Don't Look Up' is an environmental satire that squanders its resources

The new Netflix film Don't Look Up has a crazy Academy Awards pedigree. Writer-director Adam McKay won an Oscar for The Big Short and the Oscar-studded cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence as scientists who discover that a massive comet is hurtling toward Earth. The only problem: They can't get the media's attention (represented here by Cate Blanchett and Tyler Perry) or get the… → Read More

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Abortion rights hang in the balance, as advocates rally across the country

Women's March is helping put on Saturday's protests against Texas' restrictive abortion law, with a flagship march to the Supreme Court planned in Washington, D.C. → Read More

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'Believing' Is A Book Only Anita Hill Could Have Written

Altogether, Believing is an elegant, impassioned demand that America see gender-based violence as a cultural and structural problem that hurts everyone, not just victims and survivors. → Read More

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Far From Texas, The Virginia Governor's Race Will Test How Abortion Motivates Voters

Former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is emphasizing the issue heavily as he faces a tight race against Republican businessman Glenn Youngkin. It's the biggest campaign in the country this fall. → Read More

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Should The Lewinsky Affair Define Bill Clinton? Ask The Writer Of FX's 'Impeachment'

Screenwriter Sarah Burgess focused the new series on three of the women at the center of the scandal. And in the process, she gives people a story different from what they think they know. → Read More

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More And More Democrats Embrace The 'Progressive' Label. Here's Why

The current divisions in the Democratic Party and its ideological shift can be explained, in part, by tracking how the word "progressive" became the chosen label for so many on the left. → Read More

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Can The Government Make Me Get The COVID Vaccine?

In the latest installment of the Docket, our series on legal issues, NPR's Danielle Kurtzleben and Carrie Johnson talk about vaccine mandates with Lindsay F. Wiley, a law professor at American University.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr.orgJoin the NPR Politics Podcast Facebook Group.Listen to our playlist The NPR Politics Daily… → Read More

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We Just Got Our Clearest Picture Yet Of How Biden Won In 2020

Suburban voters and white men helped push Biden over the top, while Hispanic voters and white women swayed toward Trump. Those trends may shape strategy for Republicans and Democrats in 2022. → Read More